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rec·ti·tude

 (rĕk′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n.
1. Moral uprightness; righteousness.
2. The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
3. The quality of being straight.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rēctitūdō, from Latin rēctus, straight; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

rec′ti·tu′di·nous adj.

rectitude

(ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd)
n
1. moral or religious correctness
2. correctness of judgment
[C15: from Late Latin rectitūdō, from Latin rectus right, straight, from regere to rule]

rec•ti•tude

(ˈrɛk tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.
1. rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue; righteousness.
2. correctness.
3. straightness.
[1400–50; < Middle French < Late Latin rēctitūdō straightness < Latin rēct(us) right]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rectitude - righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honestrectitude - righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
righteousness - adhering to moral principles

rectitude

rectitude

noun
The quality or state of being morally sound:
Translations

rectitude

[ˈrektɪtjuːd] N (frm) → rectitud f

rectitude

rectitude

[ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd] n (frm) → rettitudine f
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It is all done out of sheer rectitude--out of a rectitude which is magnified to the point of the younger son believing that he has been RIGHTLY sold, and that it is simply idyllic for the victim to rejoice when he is made over into pledge.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
Young as he is, that lad's notions of moral rectitude I defy you ever to eradicate.
This had always been a principle in the Dodson family; it was one form if that sense of honor and rectitude which was a proud tradition in such families,--a tradition which has been the salt of our provincial society.
The sincerity, rectitude, firmness, and sweetness of this soft glance of a noble woman, who could dare all to save him to whom she owed all, at first astonished, then penetrated him.
Her disappointment in Charlotte made her turn with fonder regard to her sister, of whose rectitude and delicacy she was sure her opinion could never be shaken, and for whose happiness she grew daily more anxious, as Bingley had now been gone a week and nothing more was heard of his return.
The rectitude of anything consists in its equality; that therefore which is equally right will be advantageous to the whole state, and to every member of it in common.
But rectitude scatters favors on every side without knowing it, and receives with wonder the thanks of all people.
Has it been found that bodies of men act with more rectitude or greater disinterestedness than individuals?
he continued hurriedly, evidently no longer trying to show the advantages of peace and discuss its possibility, but only to prove his own rectitude and power and Alexander's errors and duplicity.
She was now enough aware of Sir James's position with regard to her, to appreciate the rectitude of his perseverance in a landlord's duty, to which he had at first been urged by a lover's complaisance, and her pleasure in it was great enough to count for something even in her present happiness.
Elinor saw, and pitied her for, the neglect of abilities which education might have rendered so respectable; but she saw, with less tenderness of feeling, the thorough want of delicacy, of rectitude, and integrity of mind, which her attentions, her assiduities, her flatteries at the Park betrayed; and she could have no lasting satisfaction in the company of a person who joined insincerity with ignorance; whose want of instruction prevented their meeting in conversation on terms of equality, and whose conduct toward others made every shew of attention and deference towards herself perfectly valueless.